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    I need the data off of the harddrive
    I need to get the data off of an imac G5 that totally crashed. I have a Dell computer and tried to use an external usb kit to see it but it does not show up. I want all of my docs and pictures on this drive. Is that possible or do I need to hook it up to another mac? Thanks

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    Since the drive out of the iMac G5 is formatted in a mac format, no stock PC will read it at all. You will need either another Mac or an application called MacDrive for your PC.

    You say the drive is totally crashed. What were the symptoms?

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    no, the drive i think is fine, it is the logical board and the video ram that went bad. I was able to do a hardware test and could barely see the results. The screen was a mess and sometimes would not come up at all, just fade of dark gray and light gray.

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    I think you misunderstood Dennis. The drive has a Mac filesystem on it, which a Windows computer can not read without the help of a third party product called "MacDrive". Your options are to buy that program to access the drive on your Dell or to attach the drive to a Mac in order to read it.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    i took the harddrive and tried to attach it to my sons imac laptop via ide to usb and could not figure out how to get the files off of it. Any help?

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    Does the drive mount (Show up) in finder?

    Also, you sure it was an iMac G5? All the iMac G5's used a SATA hard drive that I have ever seen.

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    It might be related to the order in which you connected the adapter.

    Start with the drive completely disconnected. First, attach the adapter to the drive. Next, connect the power cable. Finally, connect the USB cord to your son's iMac. The drive should pop right up.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    i did try that

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    when i plug it into the usb a screen comes up and says disk not initalized or something like that....

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    i did try that and the disk utility comes up wanting to erase free data etc. i am not real smart at macs

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    That does not sound good at all.

    Another question, you said IDE, iMac G5's all used SATA drives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolebrew View Post
    when i plug it into the usb a screen comes up and says disk not initalized or something like that....
    Unfortunately, if that is the case, the filesystem is damaged. Your best bet would be to either take it to a professional for recovery or purchase a program like Drive Genius to try to repair it.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    well it does have a sata drive,and I am a tech for pc's and was trying to get my sisters pic and docs for her. i used a sata adapter to usb, sorry... that is what i ment...

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    i do this on pc's all the time.... so i assumed it would be an easy thing to do

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    guess it is toast....

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